This morning we awoke to the news that the planned Koran barbecue by a deranged Florida pastor might still be on as scheduled for tomorrow.
A lunatic and 50 of his followers threaten to light a match to an Islamic religious relic and the world explodes with heated passion and outrage.
What's going on here?
Don't the Muslim extremists (which includes women and children) burn our American flag every chance they get? Don't they desecrate our churches and murder our missionaries at the drop of a dime? Do they need a reason to commit atrocities against the US in the name of their religion?
Why would the US president lower the dignity of the highest office in the land by personally appealing to an egotistical crackpot on national TV?
Obama claimed that the lives of the American troops in Afghanistan would be endangered if Pastor Terry Jones burned a Koran.
Since when does the Muslim world need a reason to kill our troops?
As noted professor PZ Myers said so eloquently, "I am simply astounded at the catalog of high-ranking personages who are contributing to this new frenzy of foolishness."
"Mr. Obama is wrong,"writes Jeffrey T. Kuhner of The Washington Times. "There was nothing un-American about Mr. Jones' plans. Burning sacred symbols - whether it is the flag, the Constitution or the Koran - is as American as mom and apple pie."
Pastor Jones was thrust to the forefront of our national consciousness by a ratings-driven media bolstered by a poll that shows 25% of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Expect to see more Obama/Muslim baiting from the media in the near future.
After meeting with FBI agents, a Florida Pastor has agreed to call off the Qur'an burning he had planned for this Saturday, to commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11.
Pastor Terry Jones said he called off the Qur'an bonfire after speaking with the Imam of a planned NY mosque near ground zero who agreed to move the mosque to another location in Manhattan.
But according to Reuters news services, the Imam denies speaking with Jones and has no plans to move the mosque.
Meanwhile, a Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas now says it will burn Qur'ans on Saturday if Pastor Jones' Gainesville church cancels its Qur'an burning.
According to online reports, the small Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas has burned a Qur'an once before.
"WBC burned the Koran once – and if you sissy brats of Doomed America bully Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center... change their plans to burn that blasphemous tripe called the Koran, then WBC will burn it (again), to clearly show you some things," the church announced in a news release this week.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America this morning, U.S. president Barack Obama urged Pastor Jones to call off the Qur'an burning, saying the action would result in a recruiting bonanza for al-Qaeda.
"I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan,"
He later sent greetings to Muslims all over the world celebrating the end of Ramadan today.
Obama's greetings to the Muslim world prompted Jews to question if Obama would also recognize Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year which began yesterday and ends at nightfall on September 10.
So far, there's been no mention of Rosh Hashanah by Obama -- who 25% of Americans polled believe is Muslim -- or the White House.
But talk show Diva Wendy Williams sent New Year greetings to the Jews on her Twitter page today.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is pining for a love match with rapper Drake -- this according to the NY Post's gossip section, Page Six.
Sources tell Page Six that Serena has asked her agents to arrange an introduction to Drake, who at 23 is five years younger than she is.
"They're hoping to fix up a meeting with Serena when he plays Radio City later this month," said the source.
Question: why would a grown woman need her agents to "fix up a meeting" with Drake? It's obvious that Serena Williams has serious issues with men. And it doesn't help matters any that Serena only dates male celebrities, which narrows the field down tremendously.
Still, this news is a little hard to believe. Maybe Serena has already put the move on Drake and he spurned her advances? So in desperation, Serena, who broke up with rapper Common back in May, instructed her people to contact Page six to put the word out there publicly that she's interested in Drake.
Clearly, Serena has ongoing relationship issues since she can't seem to keep a man. Is she just another Halle Berry whose severe personality drawbacks keeps creeping into her relationships with men?
Serena should consider taking a year off from dating to speak with someone who is paid to listen. Therapy would help her to understand why she constantly sabotages herself in her pursuit of love.
Women today are just too aggressive for their own good.
I've said this before, but it bears repeating: men don't want a woman who is their equal. If that's the case they can date other men. Wait... they already do.
I'm a loyal TIP fan and yeah he's making some super stupid mistakes but has Axe even seen their new tv commercial??? The one talking about washing your balls?!?!?!? I'm a grown woman (26 years old) and while I did laugh at the commercial when I saw it my mouth was dropped in awe too. What kind of message does Axe think they're putting out there? Hell, kids know what balls are and they know da** well they aren't talking about the golf balls and basketballs they're scrubbing in the commercial. Furthermore, it's a body wash so how in the hell can you be talking about washing basketballs, volleyballs and golfballs?!?!?
Axe needs to axe themselves for that because although the commercial is funny and entertaining to my grown a**, it's suggestive to children.
These companies kill me with their hypocrisy. Axe ALWAYS uses sexually suggestive ways to advertise... I guess selling and suggesting sex is cool but what TI has done isn't acceptable according to AXE. The trouble that TI has gotten himself into is bad but if AXE wants to cut him then they need to cut their suggestive add campaigns too.
Yesterday, American Idol host and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, announced on his Twitter page that veteran industry mover & shaker, Jay Z signed 9-year-old Willow Smith to a recording contract with his Roc Nation Records. Willow, whose club flavored debut single "Whip My Hair" dropped on the same day as Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World", was a guest - along with her "rep" Jay Z -- on Seacrest's radio show today (click above to listen).
In a statement released yesterday, Jay Z said:
"We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow. She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It's rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career." [link]
Willow's mature, heavily studio-enhanced sound, drew ridiculous comparisons to Rihanna, which was obviously planned from the outset.
Everyone knows that Jay Z guided Rihanna's career. And the fact that Jay Z is a close friend of the Smiths -- and even produced the Broadway musical Fela! along with Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith -- proves that this move is calculated to jump start the career of a 9-year-old who should be allowed to grow up normally.
The announcement that Willow Smith is signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation Records came as no surprise. What is surprising is the level that narcissists Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith are willing go to pimp their precocious children to the world.
And even worse, Jay Z comes off looking like a pedophile pimping a small child for his own selfish purposes.
U.S. president Barack Obama has finally weighed in on the planned Qur'an burning story that has drawn attention from all over the world.
The plan to burn 200 Qur'ans by the Pastor of a small church in Florida to commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11, has sparked worldwide outrage and condemnation.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America which aired this morning, Obama called Rev. Terry Jones' planned bonfire a "stunt" and he cautioned that burning the Qur'ans would prove a bonanza for al-Qaeda recruitment.
Obama reiterated the statements of Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, who earlier this week said the planned burnings would endanger the 120,000 U.S. and NATO-led troops still fighting in afghanistan, and it would give the Taliban more fuel for propaganda purposes.
But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has joined a small group of public officials who uphold Pastor Jones' Constitutional rights to burn the Qur'ans.
"I don't think he would like if somebody burned a book that in his religion he thinks is holy. ... But the First Amendment protects everybody, and you can't say that we are going to apply the First Amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement," Bloomberg said, citing the section of the Constitution that promises freedom of speech. [link]
In an interview with CNN's AC360, Pastor Jones dismissed the criticism from politicians and religious leaders, saying his message targets the radical Islamists who continue to plot terror against the United States.
Referring to the absurd threats of violence from radical Islamists over the burning of a book, Jones said, "The general needs to point his finger to radical Islam and tell them to shut up, tell them to stop, tell them that we will not bow our knees to them."
It seems that the same people who shrugged off pleas for sensitivity in connection with the planned NY Mosque now plead for sensitivity in the case of the Qur'an.
NBA player Matt Barnes, who earlier this year signed a $3.6 million contract with the LA Lakers, was arrested yesterday and charged with domestic violence, according to CNN.com.
As you know, Barnes and his baby mama Gloria Govan, who starred on the 1st season of the hit reality TV show Basketball Wives, were engaged to be married. But all of that ended when Barnes signed that lucrative deal with the Lakers and he suddenly realized his worth.
The incident occurred at his Sacramento home Wednesday, the Sacramento County Sheriff's department said.
Police say someone in the home dialed 911 but the call ended abruptly. When police arrived at the home that Barnes shared with Govan, both parties had "visible injuries."
"When deputies arrived, they made contact with 30-year-old Matt Kelly Barnes and the adult female who he lived with and with whom he had a dating relationship," the sheriff's department said in a statement. "While both parties had visible injuries, Barnes was determined to be the primary aggressor and taken into custody."
He was booked on felony charges of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line.
He posted a $50,000 bond and was released from jail Wednesday evening, the sheriff's department said.
His arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13. Barnes played for the Orlando Magic last season.
Rapper Gucci Mane, who was let out of an Atlanta jail earlier this year, will drop his new CD titled The Appeal on Sept. 28.
But in the meantime, he's pushing his new mixtape hosted by DJ Holiday titled Jewelry Selection.
“The mixtape came out, 700,000 downloads in, I think, 30 minutes,” Gucc told MTV News. “Some people say it’s my best mixtape ever. There’s definitely a lot of songs that I could have put on my album on this mixtape. Something just to get the people ready to know that I’m coming. I don’t want them to be surprised when they hear my album how slick and clever I am on the mic. It’s just a prelude.” Read more
“I gave you nothing but classics, so it’s only right I give you the preview of the mixtape. It was very imperative we did this mixtape for the streets," said producer DJ Holiday, who recently had his own brush with the law.
Holiday, who I practically raised like a son, sat in jail overnight when the po-po pulled his car over in the early hours of Sept. 1st for speeding. Normally, the cops would have let him go with a warning. But Holiday, real name Robert Avery, must have had a prior warrant or something.
Anyway, doesn't DJ Holiday take the cutest mugshots?
to add Gucci Mane's remix of chris brown's "Deuces". The track was leaked online just a few minutes ago by DJ Drama.
Peep the video after the break for a taste of the mixtape.
Some of you may be aware of the minor incident involving one of my favorite actresses, the lovely Regina King, who was confused for 'True Blood' actress Rutina Wesley, whose show was nominated for an Emmy.
King was so offended that she fired off an open letter blasting the Emmy people. But was Regina really upset because she was confused for Rutina who is rumored to be a lesbian?
I mean, lesbun or not, who wouldn't want to be confused for Rutina? She is gorgeous! But so is Regina. Even with their masculine builds, they are both beautiful in their own right. But one can easily see why they would be confused for each other.
Rutina was a gust on today's edition of 'The Wendy Williams Show', where she chatted with Wendy about her role on HBO hit-series 'True Blood' and about the identity mix-up at this year's Emmy-awards.
Rutina commented: "It's funny to me that we would be mixed up, as we look nothing alike. It's a Hollywood thing, though, and people need to be very careful of that." Wendy added: "We as black people say 'we don't all look alike'."
Yolanda Dix raised Nick Turner the best way she knew how as a single mother. But without a man at home, the streets ultimately claimed her son.
The former football star's body has not been found, but the police suspect he might be dead.
A single drop of blood that hasn't been analyzed, leads police to the conclusion that Turner's life met a violent end.
According to the AJC, Turner, 26, and a friend went to a weed spot around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, in search of "weed from unknown individuals."
As the young men approached a group of drug dealers behind a warehouse on Murphy Avenue, one of the men opened fire on them.
Turner was hit multiple times, according to Lt. Paul Guerrucci, commander of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit. The friend claims he turned and ran as the shooting began, but he doubled back later to find Turner lying dead beside a rickety privacy fence.
The friend then called Turner’s family, not the police, Guerrucci told the AJC. When the family arrived at the scene, “the body was gone.”
A quick search of the area turned up a gun -- an AK-47 -- and some spent shells.
The family flagged down a patrol unit around 11:30 p.m. - roughly 3 hours after the shooting. By then the crime scene had been disturbed by the family.
All that was left of Turner, who had been shot 4 times, was a single drop of blood that has not been analyzed. The shell casings were from a handgun, not the AK-47 that the family found.
Don't these celebrities ever get tired of pulling publicity stunts?
Now we're suposed to believe Internet rumors that Oscar winner Halle Berry and her cos-tar Olivier Martinez are dating. Yeah, right. We know the story: they're lovey dovey now until the movie comes out. Then they'll go their separate ways.
Berry, 44, has been spotted cozying up to her "Dark Tide" costar Olivier Martinez, 44, in his hometown of Paris. The two have been seen smooching and exploring the city, embracing a Hollywood-style romance straight out of a movie.
"It was the classic 'I'm going to kiss you here in a dark corner' move," an onlooker tells PEOPLE of Berry and Martinez's romantic romp. "And she was waiting to be kissed."
The duo spent Sunday afternoon combing through the streets arm in arm, taking in a pit stop at the Paris flea market.
"They had their arms around each other as they walked," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "They were both smiling and laughing Their body language was very flirtatious. They definitely seemed like a couple -- absolutely looked like more than friends."
chris brown was spotted frolicking on Miami Beach on Labor Day. The "Deuces" star enjoyed a day out on the beach with his brother and friends after partying in Atlanta all weekend. The singer made some waves on a jet ski before "walking like an Egyptian" on the sand. He later joined his friends in the water as they played childish games. Brown seems happy to be in the company of the groupies who look like poster children for sexually transmitted diseases.
Former R&B singer Brandy was seen carrying her dance shoes as she arrived at the rehearsals for the next season of 'Dancing With The Stars' in Los Angeles, California. Brandy's partner is someone named Maksim Schmerkovskiy, who was seen out & about last night with his boy toy.
Pregnant singer Alicia Keys covered up her swollen legs in a floor length gown thingy as she and hubby Swizz Beatz arrived on a private jet at a NYC airport yesterday.
Lakers guard Shannon Brown taught his boo Monica to swim over the holiday weekend. Mo and Shannon are in Mexico vacationing with their fam. How adorable are they? Mo knows the haters will not be pleased so she tweeted another pic of them together, which is after the break.
chris brown's mama, Joyce Hawkins tweeted this blasphemy on her Twitter page yesterday.
No, her account wasn't hacked -- at least she's not using that excuse yet. Sadly, this is actually what she believes because clearly she is as out of touch with reality as her son is. It's one thing to be proud of your child's achievements, but this line of thinking goes beyond the boundaries of good taste.
Rihanna's new single "Only Girl in the World" just premiered today and it is hawt! I'm not just saying that because Rihanna is my girl or because I'm expecting a very special gift in the mail any day now -- I am REALLY feeling this track.
RiRi sounds like she has overcome her vocal flaws and she's found her proper vocal range. She sounds so powerful on this track! What do you kids think?
According to Rihanna Daily, The song was produced by Stargate, the Grammy-winning Norwegian producing team who previously produced Rihanna’s smash hits “Please Don’t Stop the Music” and “Hate That I Love You.”
An iTunes arrival date for the single is yet to be confirmed, but the album is “Loud!” and is slated to be released sometime in November.
I’m a little taken back over the Rihanna photo. I understand it is a film and not real, but she is wearing a military uniform. The Navy to be exact. Being a military personel myself and dealing with a loved one laying in a hospital bed in Afghanistan is painful and more. Her wearing that uniform and grabbing her crotch while throwing up her middle finger is rude. I know some may argue she’s doing it to the annoying pap and just kidding, ect. At the end of the day, she has our uniform on and is being highly disrecpectful to our men and woman who are and have fought in it. Some service men and women died in their uniform for freedom and seeing this shows me that one must be careful in any shape or form to respect those who have given up their freedom for yours.
Loyal reader Chanel R. writes:
I am a loyal reader of the site and wanted to give you props for not backing down and being who you are and reporting whats real. I do have a more specific issue though, Rihanna and her behavior in a U.S. Navy uniform. I'm sure she couldn't begin to understand the commitment it takes to earn the right to wear that uniform so I'll give her a pass. As a black female NAVY veteran honorably discharged it's disrespectful to see someone taking my uniform as a joke or just regular clothing. If she wants to expand her career and get into acting that's a great thing, but be mindful and respectful when your in a strangers back yard. I would hope that as she finishes this film she would learn to treat that uniform and the people who have earned the right to wear it with a greater amount of respect and maturity.
When he ran for president he referred to himself as a mutt. Recently, during a guest appearance on the partisan TV talk show, The View, he referred to black people as mongrels. And during a speech in Wisconsin over the weekend, Obama complained that special interest groups in Washington weren't happy with him. "They talk about me like a dog," he whined.
Obama was quick to mention that his whining wasn't a part of the prepared speech (I'm sure his speech preparer cringed when he heard that). It probably didn't matter to Obama that whining is not a part of his job description either. But, like a true narcissist, everything has to be about him.
Someone should explain to Obama that presidents don't whine or complain or try to pass the buck the way he;s been doing for the past 2 years.
The walking, talking blow up doll that is Nicki Minaj breezed into Atlanta this past weekend, hit 4 nightclubs and blew town on Sunday with about $100,000 in appearance fees. Yes, she found promoters dumb enough to pay her that much loot to basically lip sync and make weird sounds with her mouth all night long. Nicki has managed to con an entire industry into believing she is the future of Hip Hop. her debut album, titled Pink Friday, drops on Nov. 23.
Pseudo-singer Ciara performed during Black Gay Pride at Mansion Elan in Atlanta over the weekend,
They say everyone has a twin, and pseudo-socialite Amber Rose found hers during Atlanta's Black Gay Pride weekend in Atlanta.
Former American Idol winner Fantasia and former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland entertained the Girls in the Night lesbuns at Compound on Friday night to officially kick off the Black Gay Pride weekend parties in Atlanta. There were so many Gay and lesbun parties it was hard to keep up!
Rapper T.I. blew the roof off the Velvet Room with a rousing performance this past Sunday night. T.I. grabbed the mic from Ludacris and performed half of his catalog before taking a breather. Other celebs in the house included Lil Kim, Ludacris, Nelly, music mogul Devyne Stephens, actor Larenz Tate, NBA player Kenyon Martin, actor Lance Gross, Antonia Carter, Teyana Taylor and troubled singer chris brown.
The thought of all the money he's lost since pleading guilty to domestic assault charges nearly brought chris brown to tears
Rihanna got a little frisky on the set of "Battleship" in Hawaii today. Here she shoots the middle finger at the paparazzi. She's a bad girl! Rihanna plays a sexy naval officer battling aliens for control of the world in the movie named after the classic board game. Photos (2): INF Photo
A brawl in the stands at the U.S. Open halted a tennis match between Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner in Flushing Meadows, Queens, a borough of NYC.
The drama unfolded yesterday when two Canadian spectators, a woman in her 40s and her father, took exception to a younger man's cursing.
After some verbal back and forth, the three spectators appeared to squash their beef. But the guy swore at the older gentleman, who then slugged him in the mouth. The two men toppled down two rows of seats before the daughter jumped in and slapped the guy.
Kudos to the real men in the stands who came to the defense of the lady -- even though she had no right to put her hands on the guy. Security handcuffed all three and escorted them out of the stadium to a round of applause. Djokovic went on to beat Petzschner in straight sets to advance to the third round of the US Open.
The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was 'who is she?' Once I realized the stylish chick in the photo was pseudo-singer Ciara, my second thought was 'why is she wearing a Hermès when she knows she can't afford it?' This particular Hermès croc Birkin retails for a minimum of $15,000 -- that's IF you can find one to buy. Hermès is so exclusive that they must be pre-ordered and can take up to 6 months to be delivered. So we know the bag is not Ciara's. That's a good try though, CiCi!
Lloyd aka. "Mr. Long Hair Don't Care," surprised his fans today via twitter (@lloyd_yg) when he revealed that he cut off his trademark braids for a worthy cause. The R&B star, who began growing his hair over 10 years ago, felt like it was time for a change, and time to give back, "I've been growing my hair since 9th grade. It's time for a new me." said Lloyd. He went on to say, "The fact that my hair will go to someone that needs it more than me, makes me feel great about my decision."
Lloyd has always been an avid supporter of non-profit charity work, especially when his efforts go toward benefiting children in need. Non-profit organization Locks of Love will use Lloyd¹s donated hair to provide a hair piece for a financially disadvantaged child (under age 21) suffering from long-term medical hair loss. The organization was happy to work with Lloyd, and both parties hope that their partnership will inspire others to donate.
Mahogany Wright, Lloyd's long time hair braider gave the artist one final braid, then did the honors of cutting off the 12 inch lock of hair. Moments before, Lloyd had this to say, "I'm doing this for me. I feel like it's time for a change and now is the perfect time." Lloyd's childhood barber, known simply as "Parker The Barber", who was the last person to cut his hair when he was just 14, finished the job, giving the artist a fresh new look.
The Atlanta Journal reached out to former UN ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young today to get his thoughts on the news of rapper T.I.'s latest arrest.
According to AJC writer Rhonda Cook, T.I.’s arrest in Los Angeles for drug possession has bewildered former Atlanta Mayor Andy Young, who counseled T.I. after the rapper pleaded guilty to federal drug charges last year.
T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were charged with possession of a "small amount" of ecstasy -- a drug that is taken before sex to intensify sexual arousal and orgasm.
Young said the arrest "hurts his heart" because T.I. "not only has a successful marriage going for him and some wonderful children but his new movie is a big hit."
Young also alluded to racial profiling as the reason T.I.'s Maybach was stopped for making a U-turn on Sunset boulevard in West Hollywood.
“There’s another culture in L.A. that I don’t understand,” Young said. “Most people in Los Angeles would wonder why he was stopped … I don’t know why they should have been stopped ... When a black man is stopped and not speeding … you call that driving while black.” Read more...
Usher and his shall we say "mature" lady love Grace Miguel went apartment shopping in the trendy Tribeca neighborhood in New York City today. As you study these photos, remember that Usher suffers from unresolved Oedipus Complex issues (look it up). This should help to explain his bizarre attraction to certain types of females.
By the way, Grace left her husband to run off with Usher to Atlanta. Doesn't that make Usher a home wrecker?
Freedom of speech is protected under the Constitution everywhere in the United States -- except Ozark, MO.
A billboard buyer there is receiving death threats after he brought an anti-Obama billboard to Ozark.
According to online reports, the buyer, Steve Critchfield, said he thought the billboard would lead to healthy discussions and debate -- not death threats.
He says he's received numerous death threats and accusations of hate speech and racism. "My partner and I felt lots of frustration here lately, and we liked that sign and we thought that was a reasonable question to ask," Steve Critchfield said in a telephone interview on Monday.
"I've certainly voted for people I'm embarrassed to say I've voted for," he said. "We're not naïve enough to think that we wouldn't get someone to be upset. I'm just surprised how upset people are.
"If everybody thinks [President Obama's] done a great job and they're very happy," he said, "then I guess they'd be buying billboards saying 'I'm proud to have voted for him.' That's what makes America great, isn't it?"